Welcome to Handenrijk, a practice for massage therapy. Owned and operated by Lia Gerits-Verkuijlen, who works as a holistic therapist with emphasis on massage therapy, coaching and nutrition.
Holistic massage therapy is a form of counselling that promotes health and a responsible way of living through conversation, massage, feeling and experience. Holistic means body, mind and spirit, combined to form you as a human being; to live from your heart!
You may experience a physiological response during, or after, a therapeutic treatment.
These responses may reveal aspects of your daily life you are unaware of. The Handenrijk treatments can help you understand who you are, what your stumbling blocks are, and reveal talents and motivations. This can guide you to make more objective decisions and achieve more balance.
In addition Handenrijk offers conventional or relaxation massage treatments. A session to simply make you feel better, or as a preventative treatment for those who enjoy an active lifestyle or suffer from stress. Improve your blood circulation and boost your body’s innate ability to protect itself against injuries and illness.
Click here to explore the Handenrijk treatments.
For centuries the classic/sport massage has been a natural way to bring harmony to the body. If you exhibit specific symptoms such as a stiff neck or pain in the shoulders, then this treatment will help you.
During a thorough treatment, comprising stroking, kneading and palpitations, the body is released from tension. The massage calms and soothes pain. In addition physical symptoms such as cramping and stiffness may diminish or even disappear. The treatment will also improve blood circulation, allowing waste products are removed faster.
Working primarily on a physical level, new energy will be released leaving you feeling the beneficial effects on your body.
Manual lymph drainage is a gentle form of massage therapy, and is used to drain excess fluid from the body. The treatment improves the overall functioning of the lymphatic, or immune-, system. It is most commonly used to treat oedema, which is characterized by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs. This treatment is used as a way to improve the inner workings of the lymphatic system.
The massage is applied gently in the direction of lymph flow to encourage the unblocking of any obstructed lymph vessels. It allows lymph flow to transport waste from the body freely. This massage is applied in gentle strokes towards the heart. This technique will lightly stretch the walls of the lymph vessels and encourage lymph drainage.
Manual lymph drainage will benefit you if you suffer from:
• Oedema (fluid retention)
• Muscle discomfort, cramping, tennis elbow etc.
• CANS (complains of the arms, neck and shoulder)
• Sports injuries
• Migraines or headaches
And, in addition, aid the healing process after surgery or illness.
Who benefits from holistic massage
Do you suffer from sleepless nights?
Do you suffer from stress or anxiety?
Holistic massage therapy can reveal these difficulties and assist you in overcoming them.
During the treatment you will journey into your inner self and experience thoughts, images, memories, odours, sounds, sensations, emotions or feelings. At times the effect will be relaxing, at other times intense. After a treatment you may feel serene, but it is also possible to feel disquiet. The outcome of the session will help you sense, experience, recognise and acknowledge your inner difficulties. You will realise the potential to accept, let go or process your thoughts. Whatever the outcome, it is your own examination, and they are your answers.
In time you can establish what you really want and who you really are. You will learn to live according to your own essence instead of listening to what the outside world asks of you.
Acupressure origin can be traced back over 5000 years to Ancient China. It is a treatment that is classified under Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The treatment can be applied to a wide range of health conditions. These include:
• Relax the mind and body
• To increase blood circulation
• Soothe stress
• Soothe muscle pain
• Heal headaches
• Improve overall energy levels
The free circulation of blood and lymph fluid will encourage energy and promote healing.
A series of sessions are normally recommended to obtain the desired effect, as one session is ordinarily insufficient to completely unblock a meridian.
Anyone can learn how to massage with Handenrijk training.
Learn the basic steps to giving a relaxing and rewarding massage to friends, family or your partner. The course is aimed at those interested in learning more about massage. It is an easy and enjoyable way to how to spoil your loved ones. You will learn the basic massage techniques, correct postures, breathing and the uses of massage oils. By the end of the course you will understand the basics of relaxing massage and deep tissue massage techniques. Classes are presented to small groups, allowing for a one-on-one teaching experience with your tutor.
This course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn the art of massage; experience is not required.
Times: 4 evening sessions, from
7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Course fee: R800, includes comprehensive teaching materials and a certificate of participation.
Starting dates for 2015
A holistic massage is for body and mind.
‘Holistic’ is derived from the Greek word ‘holos’, meaning completely. The holistic massage is a full body massage, focusing on the mental and physical relaxation and removal of (negative) energies. The massage relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation and soothes the nervous system. A holistic massage stimulates lymphatic flow and has a positive effect on one’s chakras. The central point of the course is energetic massage – originating from the East – and is intended to allow the feel of your energy and promote its flow. By combining holistic and energetic massage the body will balance itself and restore the flow of energy.
Holistic energetic massage reduces stress and anxiety and helps you to gain more awareness of your own body. Understand, react then feel more comfortable in your own skin and have added life energy.
Anyone who wants to know this beautiful form of massage.
The course covers:
• The full body massage
• Recognizing excess or deficiency
We will give you every opportunity to make this 5-day course a success.
Time: daily from 10 AM to 4 PM
Course fee: R3750, includes comprehensive teaching materials and a certificate of participation. The course fee may be settled in two payments – kindly notify Handenrijk upon registration.
Starting dates for 2015
All other massage treatments
All treatments are strictly by appointment
Email Handenrijk to arrange a suitable time for your treatment.
Treatment may be cancelled or postponed up to 24 hours prior to the booking without incurring a penalty.
The full amount will be charged for missed appointments.
Handenrijk was founded in 2009 in the Netherlands by Lia Gerits-Verkuijlen.
In 1996 Lia embarked on a quest to learn about and develop a deep understanding of the human body, mind and spirit. The 6-year education helped Lia expand her knowledge, experience, and foster a deeper cognizance of her subject. Her interest broadened to massage therapy which culminated into a further 4-year study before she started Handenrijk.
Working with people and sharing her vast knowledge is Lia’s passion. Her instruction background in holistic massage therapy motivates her to conduct one-on-one training workshops.
Lia enthuses that she loves to guide people back to their own essence, so they can really live from their hart and enjoy life as it is meant to be.
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